Curators discuss: Beastly displays

Survival! A festival of animals in art

Sunday 20 January, 11.15am–1pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Jack Ashby, Honor Beddard, Daniel Herrmann

£30/£27 conc./£25 Members & Patrons/£10 Students

Experts reflect on the curation of animals, both real and represented

Join us to consider what exhibitions can tell us about man’s relationship to beast.

Chair: Daniel Herrmann, Special Projects Curator

Jack Ashby, Manager of the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge discusses the curation of two exhibitions at the Grant Museum: 'Ordinary Animals: The Boring Beasts that Changed the World' and 'Strange Creatures: The Art of Unknown Animals'.

What does our relationship with ordinary animals, like cats, dogs, and horses, tell us about ourselves? And how can curators bring mutual illumination to the fields of art history and natural history?

Honor Beddard, curator of 'Making Nature' (2017) at the Wellcome Collection reflects on the psychology of how we observe other species, and explains how changing attitudes to nature and the search for authentic encounters have impacted on museum displays from the 19th century to today.

Image above: Detail from Thomas Gainsborough, Mr and Mrs William Hallett ('The Morning Walk'), 1785